These are the new gathering limits under Ontario's emergency brake shutdown

05 Avril, 2021, 19:22 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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The shutdown comes into effect on April 3 and the earliest it could be lifted is May 2.

"While experts were warning him of explosive growth of more infectious and more deadly variants, he cancelled public health protections", said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in a statement.

As of Thursday afternoon, Canada reported a cumulative total of 986,011 COVID-19 cases and 22,993 deaths, according to CTV.

Dr. Wang continued and said that the COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions Ontario is now seeing surpass the threshold the province was at when it went into shutdown at the end of 2020. "The cost of inaction is simply too high".

"We know for a fact ... the restrictions we have introduced thus far have saved thousands of lives". The spring break will continue as planned for the week of April 12.

Below are some of the slides presented Thursday morning by the advisors.

Restrictions under the "emergency brake shutdown" resemble those included in the grey (lockdown) level of the province's COVID-19 framework.

There will also be further restrictions on people gathering.

He also promised to provide support for businesses to "get them back on their feet".

From March 26 to 28, provincial case rates have increased by 7.7 per cent to 101.1 cases per 100,000 people.

The shutdown comes as Ontario's COVID-19 Science Table released new modeling data on Thursday showing that without a new order, the province will be unable to curb the spread of COVID-19 variants.

"This is a new pandemic".

"This is a new pandemic, we are now fighting a new enemy". Younger people are ending up in the hospital.

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The Premier said that it was not just Ontario that was in this situation, but that a third wave of the pandemic was sweeping North America.

New variants of the virus risk overwhelming ICUs and threaten the care of all patients, warned Dr. Steini Brown, co-chair of the province's science advisory table.

"It's spreading far more quickly than it was before and we can not vaccinate quickly enough to break this third wave".

More than 150 intensive care unit doctors signed an open letter to the government on Thursday, calling for new, stricter, measures.

That means physicians would have to determine who is most likely to survive their illness for 12 months and allocate care accordingly, leaving those who don't meet the criteria without care. As Premier, it falls to me to make the tough decisions.

Health officials reported 3,089 new COVID-19 on Friday and 3,009 on Saturday.

How is this "emergency brake" different than the stay-at-home order previous year? The peak of 800 is expected, even if the province implements a stay-at-home order and continues vaccinations.

All 34 of Ontario's public health regions will move into shutdown on April 3 for a period of four weeks, meaning the shutdown will be in place until May 1.

Saturday's report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 358,558 including deaths and recoveries.

Provincial and local health officials are urging residents not to gather with anyone outside their household over the Easter long weekend.

Since the province began actively searching for COVID-19 variants of concern in Ontario, there have been 24,459 mutations discovered in lab-positive tests. "They spread faster and they do more harm than the virus we were fighting previous year".

"The best weapons we have for short-term control are the public health measures like masks, physical distancing, hand hygeine, [and] staying outside if you need to meet people and these measures only work if people understand them and can follow them", Dr.

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